Using judo techniques to find your Dream Job

I LOVE the email responses to this week’s post about why our parents push us to be mediocre. We’re talking about finding our Dream Job, and the feedback revealed something really interesting. Remember, our job is where we spend 8+ hours a day. If we can find a Dream Job that challenges us, teaches us great skills, surrounds ...

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Why do your parents push you to be mediocre?

Why are our parents and friends always on our case about getting a “stable” job, getting married, and buying a house? Why are they always crinkling their noses in disgust when they hear us trying something new? “Oh, what is this Paleo thing?? So you have to skip eating rice FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE??” In a recent interview, ...

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The NEW 9-5 + unspeakable truths

One of the things I love to do is show you what’s going on “behind the curtain” -- the truth that nobody will tell you. In the past, we’ve covered “unspeakable truths” with money, dating, business, and careers. For example, how many of us have heard our boss say, “Sorry, times are tough right now, so this year ...

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You actually have a crystal ball that lets you look 10 years in the future

If you had a crystal ball that would show you your life in 20 years, would you look in it? “Ramit, you are getting better looking every year”   You might be surprised to know that we all have a crystal ball exactly like this. Recently, when I went to my 10-year Stanford reunion, I hung out with an older ...

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The fascinating psychology of master comedians

In the last few months, I’ve gone to Madison Square Garden to watch Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari perform. Being a professional comedian at the top of your game is like no other job in the world. I know this, because every morning when I look at myself in the mirror, I splash water on my face and ...

The Seagull Theory

In the 1820s, a sailor wrote about his 3-month-long journey from Spain to America: “I love when I see seagulls, it reminds me we’re close to land” In 1492, Columbus kept a diary of his voyage. In September, he wrote this: “That day they navigated, on their westerly course, day and night, 20 leagues, counting a little less. Here ...